Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wild About Wings -- Thrifty Thursdays

Chicken wings are a great party food or snack for the family. You can make batches and batches in advance, then keep them warm in a chafing dish, or re-heat in the oven. They are also inexpensive (downright cheap) and versatile in that there is an endless array of marinades, sauces and dips to keep the munching interesting. You can fry chicken wings, bake them, or my favorite, charcoal grill them.

But before you can get creative with chicken wing recipes, you need to prepare the wings. If you've ever ordered Buffalo Chicken Wings at a restaurant you know you are never served a whole wing. Here's the technique for preparing wings at home.

1. Take a sharp knife or meat cleaver and cup off the wing tip.

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2. Cut wing at the elbow joint.

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3. Discard wing tips or save to make chicken stock. The remaining two parts are ready for your favorite Chicken Wing recipe.

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A Book for Wing Lovers!
Wings -- More Than 50 High-Flying Recipes for America's Favorite Snack by Debbie Moose.
It's hard to beat chicken wings when you need satisfying snacks to frugally feed a crowd, and it's hard to beat this book for coming with inspiring new ways to prepare them. You'll find 65 tempting recipes, most illustrated by gorgeous color photographs that highlight the ingredient's infinite versatility. Author Debbie Moose starts by showing how easy it is prepare perfect fried, baked, or grilled wings before delving into the recipes. You'll find classics like the legendary Buffalo Wings, but then she takes off on a world wide gustatory tour tour that includes influences from Italy to India and nearly everywhere in between. There are also plenty of recipes for sauces, dips, and salsas that can transform the humble chicken wing into extraordinary bites that will keep party guests coming back for more. Click here for more information about this book or to find out how to get a copy.

Thrifty Thursdays is a blog event created by my fried Amanda Formaro from Amanda's Cookin' blog. I've agreed to participate, so look for a frugal themed post here each Thursday. In addition to reading my posts, be sure to visit Amanda's blog for a round-up of all the thrifty home and cooking tips and recipes that came in this week from folks around the blogosphere.

1 comment:

Tami said...

OMG, I was hungry before I sat down at my computer but now I am starving! The wings in those pictures look awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipes. My whole gang loves wings. I'm always looking for new recipes to try!

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